Yankees Granderson breaks arm and is out 10 weeks

Curtis Granderson breaks his arm, is out 10 weeks

2/24/13 in MLB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Feb 20, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (14) during photo day at Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsCurtis Granderson got plunked by the Blue Jays J.A. Happ in his first Spring Training at bat Sunday, resulting in a fractured arm that is expected to keep him sidelined until early May. 

The Yankees had been experimenting with moving Granderson to left field with Brett Gardner in center. The injury pushes New York's hand, as Gardner will now move to center and two spare parts, Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz will battle for the everyday left field job. Unless of course the Yankees attempt to make a trade later in Spring Training for a replacement.

Both Rivera and Diaz are major downgrades from Granderson. Rivera, 34, is not a good defender, and he posted just a .285 on-base percentage last season. Diaz, also 34, may be slightly better in the field, but is OBP was just .280 in 2012.

Granderson, who is due to hit free agency after the 2013 season, has been New York's top source of power the last few seasons. In 2012 he hit just .232, but did blast 43 home runs. With Granderson out, the Yankees are now left with Robinson Cano and Travis Hafner (as well as switch hitter Mark Teixeira) as their only real sources of power from the left side of the plate.

Granderson now joins Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter (who is expected back in mid-March) and Michael Pineda as key injured Yankees. 
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2/25/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Until I saw the pitch that hit him, I figured he was injured during the Series against Detroit as well.  Between him, A-Rod and the since departed Nick Swisher, none of those Yankees did diddly squat against the Tigers.

2/24/13   |   CASE717   |   13 respect

yanks dont have enough good outfielders

2/24/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

well so much for drafting Yankee hitters this year..